Athletic Hall of Fame
Aurora Alumni Association
Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 1987
Phil Quinn is a multi-sport letter earner whose passion for athletics has continued into his adult life. Teachers, classmates, and coaches of the mid 1980’s remember Phil as a colorful, engaging, and larger than life individual who overcame challenging personal obstacles to find success in athletics. Despite a serious knee injury his junior year, he made huge contributions in three sports and earned notable recognition in all of them. Former Athletic Director Dick Bliss describes him as “a great football player – State Champion wrestler – exceptional baseball player.” Phil earned three Varsity letters in Football and was voted ALL – ESC in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He earned two Varsity letters in Baseball, where he earned All-Conference recognition. He also a Varsity letter in Track and Field. As a wrestler, Phil earned two Varsity letters and was an undefeated State Champion in 1987. After graduation Phil attended the Allan Hancock College in California on a football scholarship.
After college, Phil moved back to Aurora to raise his family. He has spent his adult life volunteering and contributing greatly to his hometown’s youth athletic programs. Phil has been a coach for the Aurora Baseball League, the JAWS wrestling program, and has been a coach and board member of the Aurora Youth Football Association. He has further had the honor of seeing one of his sons participate in Aurora athletics and go on to excel on the football field of Toledo University.
Class of 2000
In Aurora, when you think runner you think James Sjostrom. Perhaps no Aurora athlete has dominated a sport, both as a student and as an adult as James Sjostrom. As a high school student James earned 4 letters in Varsity Cross Country and 4 letters in Varsity Track. In addition he was a 2000 State Champion in Cross Country, the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters. James still holds the Aurora records in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter events.
After graduation James earned a degree in Business Administration from Kent State University. While at Kent University he continued his passion for running where he was a member of the 2004 MAC Championship team and an NCAA Qualifier. He also earned a Kent school record in the 5k event, a record that stands today.
After college James has continued to be active in running including participation in USA Track and Field competitions and a host of events locally and throughout Northeast Ohio. He continues to train with a goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials marathon.
Class of 1966
Jeff attended the Aurora Public Schools K – 12, graduating in 1966. He was a member of the much-heralded, undefeated Aurora Greenmen football teams of 1964 and 1965. In 1965, he caught critical touchdown passes in three separate games that greatly contributed to that year’s undefeated PCL championship football team. Jeff lettered in Football all four years and was All-County Honorable Mention his senior year. An outstanding all-around athlete, Jeff earned 10 additional letters in three other sports including: four letters and two years’ honorable mention in Basketball, three letters in Track including state qualifier on the mile relay team, three letters in Golf, where his team won the Cleveland District Golf Meet and were the first Aurora Golf team to qualify for State.
Jeff continued his athletic endeavors in college at Denison University where he was a walk-on, with no prior playing experience, on their nationally ranked Lacrosse team. Remarkably, he picked up the sport so fast that he lettered his sophomore, junior and senior years and served as the sole Team Captain his senior year. In his senior year, he also earned First Team All-Midwest and Honorable Mention All-American honors. In May 1969, Jeff and two teammates were featured in an article in Sports Illustrated regarding the emergence of Denison as a Midwest Lacrosse power. The article specifically addressed Jeff’s athletic prowess and ability to learn the sport so quickly.
After graduation from Denison, he earned an MBA from the University of Denver and then served in the United States Air Force. Jeff has enjoyed a lengthy career in the institutional real estate investment business. Six years ago he formed his own company, where he specializes in arranging equity financing for institutional multi-family developments and acquisitions.
Jeff feels strongly that the Aurora Schools provided memorable teachers and coaches with tremendous community support for both academics and athletics. Lifelong friendships remain his most cherished memories.
Jeff and his wife, Ann, live in the San Francisco area. They have three grown children, one grandchild and a marriage of over 37 years loaded with blessings.
Jericka Duncan - Class of 2001
Jericka was a three year letter winner in Basketball and a four year letter winner in Track and Field. She was part of seven school track and field records and a three time OHSAA State Champion in the 330m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay and the 4x200m Relay. Jericka established 5 school records which stand today including 100m High Hurdles, 330m High Hurdles, 4x100m Relay, 4x200m Relay, and 4x400m Relay. Jericka was on the CVC all 2nd place team in 1998 and was named to the CVC 1st place honors team in 1999, 2000, and 2001. As a senior she was named to the CVC 1st team.
Upon graduation Jericka attended Ohio University on academic and athletic scholarships where she majored in communications and was the 2005 recipient of the NAACP Image Award of Athletics. While there she broke the 100 meter Hurdle record which still stands today. In 2005 Jericka was named team captain and was the team’s MVP in 2004 and 2005.
Dick Bliss: Coach
A.H.S. Athletic Director: 18 years
A.H.S. Head Wrestling Coach – 36+ years
As Coach: High School Championship Team (1995), 11 League Championship Teams, 65 Individual League Champions, 66 Individual Sectional Champions, 22 Individual District Champs, 71 Individual State Qualifiers, 40 Individual State Place Winners, 7 Individual State Champions, Two Time Ohio Wrestling Coach of the Year, Member of Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame
Mark Telerico – Class of 1987
A.H.S.: Golf – 2 Letters, Two Time ESC Golf First Team, Individual State Champion
Miami University: Golf – 4 Letters, Two Time All Mid-American Conference, Three time NCAA Qualifier
Professional Golf: Three Years – Canadian Honda Classic PGA, Northern Ohio Golf Association – Player of the Year.
Gavin Sontag – Class of 1995
A.H.S.: Basketball – 2 Letters; Tennis – 4 Letters, Three time Sectional Champ, Three time District Champ, Two Time State Place (2nd and 4th) University of Illinois: Tennis – 4 Letters, Three time All Big Ten, Two time NCAA Div. I All American
Professional: 3 ½ years, Won 9 Professional Events in Doubles.
Pat Duncan – Class of 1995
A.H.S.: Basketball – 3 Letters; Tennis – 4 Letters
Case Western Reserve: Basketball – 4 Letters and Team Captain
Tim Courtad - Class of 1995
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Wrestling – 4 Letters; Track – 4 Letters,
College: Wrestling – 4 Letters, Two time MAC Champion, Two time NCAA District I National Qualifier, Two time Freestyle All-American
Coach: Clarion College and Cleveland State University
Tom Courtad – Class of 1995
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Wrestling - 4 Letters; Baseball – 3 Letters
Case Western University: Football – 3 Letters, Division III Academic All-American
Charles Thorton – Class of 1958
A.H.S.: Football – 2 Letters; Basketball – 3 Letters; Baseball – 3 Letters
John Nussbaumer – Class of 1969
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Track – 4 Letters; Baseball – 3 Letters
Dennison University: Attorney and Professor of Law
Harry Lee – Class of 1953
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters
Ohio Northern University: Football – Outstanding Freshman and Varsity Letter
William Miller – Class of 1948
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters; Track – 1 Letter
Robert Pealer – Class of 1965
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters; Track – 3 Letters
Byron Spruell – Class of 1983
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Basketball – 2 Letters; National Honor Society
University of Notre Dame: Football
A.H.S. 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award
Robert W. Russell – Class of 1959
A.H.S.: Football – 2 Letters; Basketball – 3 Letters; Recipient of Mayne Griffith Award and 1959 Activity Award Recipient
Richard Russell – Class of 1957
A.H.S.: Football – 2 Letters; Basketball – 2 Letters; Baseball – 2 Letters
James M. O’Brien – Class of 1967
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Basketball – 4 Letters; Track – 4 Letters and Four year Relay Champions and Record Holder Team, State Cross Country Championship Team
West Point Academy: Graduated 2nd Ltn. and Track 4 Years
Edward E. McVeigh – Class of 1935
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters and Quarterback; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball - 4 Letters; Track – 4 Letters.
Kenyon and Kent State University
Patricia William Holly – Class of 1960
A.H.S.: Field Hockey, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Archery, Tumbling, Track & Field.
Wittenberg University: Field Hockey – 4 Years and All–Great Lakes Team 4 Years; Volleyball – 4 Years; Basketball – 4 Years; Softball – 4 Years; Synchronized Swim Club Coach: 1964-67 – Tecumsey High School; 1976-68 – Indiana University; 1968–1992 – Wittenberg University – coached Bowling, La Crosse, and Swimming
Kim Heisler – Class of 1971
A.H.S.: Football – 2 Letters; Basketball – 2 Letters; Golf – 1971 CVC Golf Champion and Regional Medalist Award Winner
Florida State University: Golf 1971-75
PGA Professional Golf: 1977 - 1981
Joe Manno – A.H.S. Coach
Golf – State Champs 1971, District Champs – 1971 and 1972, Sectional Champs – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, CVC Coach of the Year – 1971,1972,1973,1977
Helen M. Shilling – Coach
“Mother of Aurora High School Girls Athletics”
1945 – 1974 – Science and Physical Education Teacher
Introduced Girls Sports to A.H.S.
Initiated and Organized Girls Athletic Association
Started A.H.S. Girls Interscholastic Team Play
Greg Johnson – Class of 1973
A.H.S.: Cross Country – 2 Letters; Track – 3 Letters; Baseball – 1 Letter
Tri-State University: Cross Country – Three time All-Conference, Two Time All-State, Track- Three time All-Conference, Three time All-State, Six time Conference State Champion, Two time All-American, Three time Tri-State MVP. Member of Tri-State Athletic Hall of Fame
Casey Courneen – Class of 1969
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Basketball – 4 Letters; Golf – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters;
Junior Year – All-Portage County Basketball, 1st Team – Record Courier All-Star Team Basketball, Dream Team Basketball – Cleveland Plain Dealer, Senior Year – Basketball All CVC. Recipient of Mayne Griffith Award
Rutgers University: Basketball, Golf – 4 years, Captain 1973,
Michael Scott – Class of 1973
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Wrestling – 2 Letters and 3rd in Ohio; Track – 3 Letters and State Qualifier
Georgia Institute of Technology: Wrestling – 3 Letters, Mid-South Conference Champ, Southeastern Conference Champion.
Stanley “Butch” Perchan – Class of 1965
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters and two time All-County; Basketball – 3 Letters and Two time All-County Co-Captain
Ashland College: Football - 2 Letters; Track – Two school records in 440 mile and 2 Mile Relay
Coach: Ravenna High School – Football and Head Track; Tri-State College - Ten years
Todd Jindra – Class of 1973
A.H.S.: Football – 3 Letters; Wrestling – 3 Letters and Two time Hudson Tourney Champ, Undefeated Senior Sectional Champ, Two time District Champ, STATE CHAMPION
Ohio State University: Wrestling – 4 Letters
Charles Brown – Class of 1953
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters and 2 Undefeated County Teams; Basketball – 3 Letters; Track – 4 Letters, Baseball; 4 Letters
Harry Gilcrest – A.H.S. Coach
A.H.S. Football Coach – Three Portage County championships, 1 Undefeated Team;
Also directed Aurora High School Band and Choir
Thomas Curtis – Class of 1966
A.H.S.: 3 Letters and Two time All-County, County MVP, 2nd Team Ohio; Basketball – 4 Letters and Three time All-County, All-County MVP, All District, Two times Honorable Mention; Track – 3 Letters and State Qualifier (High Jump)
University of Michigan: 3 years Varsity Football, broke Big Ten interceptions record, two NCAA records in interceptions and returns, Two time All Big Ten Professional: Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins – 2 Super Bowl Championship Teams
Allen “Pres” Bliss – Class of 1953
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters and All-County two years; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters, Track; 3 Letters
Miami University: Football – 4 Letters, 1st Team – All MAC, All-American Honorable Mention, Played on Sugar Bowl Team,
Professional: Drafted Cleveland Browns – 1957
Edward Oswald – Class of 1945
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters; Baseball – 2 Letters; Track – 2 Letters, Led two teams to County Football Championships
Thomas P. Truce – Class of 1933
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters and Two time All-County; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters
Baldwin Wallace College: Football – 4 Letters and Ohio Conference Championship Team; Track – 4 Letters
Frank Langmyer – Class of 1927
A.H.S.: Football – 4 Letters and Two time All-County; Basketball – 4 Letters; Baseball – 4 Letters
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